Thursday, Oct. 3

Last week’s On magazine featured Canadian garage rock duo The Pack A.D., who were set to play The Seasons Performance Hall. That show was going to be in the venue’s back room. Turns out there was a scheduling conflict, and the show has been moved to Yakima Valley Hop Shop and Brew Supply, a home-brewing supply shop that also houses a craft-beer bar in Yakima’s ag warehouse district.

Frankly, I think it might be a better venue for a show like this. The Seasons, much as I love it, is not ideally suited for loud, mosh-pit-inducing garage rock. Admission is $12. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. The Hop Shop is at 702 N. First Ave. For information, visit

Friday, Oct. 4

Portland-based singer-songwriter Krista Herring sings with that breathy, ethereal style that these days is meant to signify depth of emotion. But it’s when she drops the artifice and actually belts out a line here or there that that depth becomes apparent. Her voice is strong, her lyrics evocative.

You can see for yourself at 5 North, where she’ll play a free set at 7 p.m. If you listen hard and get past the Sarah McLachlan breathiness, she may surprise you. For information, visit or or call 509-248-9801.

Sunday, Oct. 6

The Dinner & Music series at The Seasons Performance Hall remains Yakima’s most elegant date night with “Autumn Leaves,” a mixture of classical, jazz and pop songs from the Joseph Brooks Jazz Trio, Vijay Singh, John Pickett, Anne Schilperoort and the Yakima Symphony Chorus. In case you don’t know those names: They’re a group of Central Washington University faculty and first-rate players from around the region. Plus, there’s a three-course dinner, and it’s all inside the elegant Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave.

The event starts at 5 p.m. The concert alone is $20. With dinner, it’s $35. For information, visit or call 509-453-1888.

Tuesday, Oct. 8

Delma Tayer is one of the most consistently impressive artists in the Yakima Valley. She is prolific and her work is varied in terms of both media and subject matter, but it is almost uniformly outstanding. Judging by what I’ve seen of it so far, her oil-on-paper show opening at Oak Hollow Gallery on Tuesday is no exception.

The show runs through Nov. 9, and there will be an artist reception Oct. 12 from 2-4 p.m. Oak Hollow is at 5631 Summitview Ave. For information, visit or call 509-965-9256.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

They say Floyd Cramer was to piano what Chet Atkins was to guitar, a legend who bridged the gap between country and pop. He played with Hank Williams, Elvis and Roy Orbison, among many others, all while making his own hit records.

His grandson, pianist Jason Coleman, pays homage to that career in a concert titled “Legacy of Floyd Cramer,” part of the Lower Valley Concert Series at Sunnyside High School, 1801 E. Edison Ave in Sunnyside. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $30, or $5 for students. For information, visit or or call 509-839-5222.

Thursday, Oct. 10

I liked Dog Bite Harris before I even listened to him. It is impossible for me not to like people named Dog Bite. Also, he’s got a song called “People Like You Hate People Like Me,” which is prima facie wrong; people like me love people like him.

It’s worth noting, in case attitude isn’t enough for you, that the guy has a great outlaw-country sound and heartfelt (if not always profound) lyrics about all of the well-worn country music topics. This is the guy you want playing when you go to a bar like Bill’s Place, 206 S. Third Ave. And that’s just where he’ll be, starting at 8 p.m. For information, visit or or call 509-575-9513.

Friday, Oct. 11

Comedian Wayne Brady is cheesy in just the right self-aware sort of way. He’s a sharp improviser, a skilled stand-up and (in case you didn’t know) a surprisingly good singer with a sensibility that tends toward family friendly showmanship. (It is this image, by the way, that made his against-type cameo on “Chappelle’s Show” a few years back one of the funniest things to ever air.)

He’s at Central Washington University’s Student Union and Recreation Center at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $32, or $20 for CWU students. For information, visit or or call 509-963-1111.

At this point, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet are themselves jazz luminaries. But it is Dan and Chris Brubeck’s father, Dave, who died last December, who will always be the Brubeck most associated with jazz. His performance of “Take Five” with the Dave Brubeck Quartet is among the most recognizable pieces of American music. And that’s only a sliver of his contribution to jazz.

Dan and Chris, along with quartet members Mike DeMicco and Chuck Lamb, will pay homage to that legacy with “A Tribute to Dave Brubeck” at The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave. The show, a must-see for jazz fans, starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $32. For information, visit or or call 509-453-1888.